Celery Root Soup
Heat oven to 425ºF. Clean celery root and roughly chop, then roast, uncovered, for about 40 minutes. Be careful not to roast too long as you will discolor the celery roots. In a large sauté pot, heat 3 Tablespoons of canola oil and sauté the yellow onion, celery, and leek rounds with 1 Tablespoon of salt and 1 Tablespoon of pepper for about 3-4 minutes. Tie thyme, parsley and bay leaves together, and add along with roasted celery root. Cover with 6-8 cups of water, bring to a boil, and simmer for about 30 minutes.
Discard herb bundle and puree all remaining ingredients in a food processor or blender.
Place the pureed mixture back into the sauté pot and add the heavy cream and the remaining salt and pepper to taste.
Instructions to plate:
Heat 1 cup of canola oil to a med-hot heat in a small saucepan for frying. Toss in the julienned leeks and cook until crispy (about 2 minutes). Remove with a slotted spoon and blot dry on a paper towel. Sprinkle with kosher salt. Repeat until all leeks are done. Serve soup garnished with crispy leeks.
Enjoy with a wonderful and creamy glass of Chardonnay.